The Survival Estimate represents an average of one or more experts' opinions as to how many examples survive of a particular coin in three categories: 1) all grades, 2) 60 or better, and 3) 65 or better. These estimates are based on a variety of sources, including population reports, auction appearances, and personal knowledge. Survival estimates include coins that are raw, certified by PCGS, and certified by other grading services.
Numismatic Rarity converts the Survival Estimate for a particular coin into a number from 1 to 10 (with decimal increments) based on the PCGS Rarity Scale. The higher the number, the more rare the coin.
Relative Rarity By Type
Relative Rarity By Type ranks the rarity of this coin with all other coins of this Type. Lower numbers indicate rarer coins.
Relative Rarity By Series
Relative Rarity By Series ranks the rarity of this coin with all other coins of this Series. Lower numbers indicate rarer coins.
David Akers (1975/88):
The 1872 is one of my favorite dates in the gold dollar series. Except for the 1875, it is the scarcest date after 1870 and is really very rare in choice condition. Most of the available Uncs. that I have seen were not particularly choice (as contrasted to the Uncs. of 1870 and 1871 which are almost always choice or gem quality), and I have known many gold dollar collectors who experienced considerable difficulty when attempting to locate a top quality 1872.
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